Thursday, June 11, 2009


The Youth Tennis Program is a FREE program offered at a variety of public parks throughout the year by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) in partnership with the Houston Tennis Association, Inc.-NJTL. The program is designed to provide children with the fundamentals of the game of tennis and educational components that develop life skills.
FREE tennis classes for ages 6-18 are offered at 14 parks throughout the Houston area. Classes will meet 2 times per week after school for 8 weeks. Equipment is available for use during class 
- Classes are offered at 14 sites
Information:   (713) 803-1112

The Fonde Recreation Center, home workout court to some of Houston’s best basketball players, is also a great place to get fit! Conveniently located near downtown at Memorial Drive and Sabine Street, Fonde offers lunchtime fitness opportunities. Fonde has a state of the art weight room, showers, lockers, a full-court gym and aerobics room all FREE to help you meet your fitness goals.
Time:   9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (M-F)
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Sat)
Location: 110 Sabine (KM 493K)
Information (713) 226-4466

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department has sponsored The Summer Food Service Program for youth. Through this program young people ages 1 to 18 receive FREE nutritious lunches for 12 weeks during the time that school is out of session

In 2009, the program will serve meals from June 1 - August 14. Lunches are served Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a healthy snack served between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in Houston Parks and Recreation Department Community Centers and at other participating locations, including churches, apartment complexes, learning centers and other non-profit organizations. The nutritious packed lunches are prepared and delivered daily to each site and comply with federal and state requirements. They include one serving of milk, two or more servings of vegetables and/or fruits, one serving of grain or bread, and one serving of meat or meat alternative.


The Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s water playgrounds provide an engaging and interactive fun activity year-round for children, especially during the hot summer months. Water playgrounds have distinct advantages over swimming pools in that they are cost effective, low maintenance, and water-play activities extend well beyond normal pool season. Water playgrounds are controlled using a timer and touch-sensor. The timer is set for 12 hours of water activation, and the touch-sensor turns on the water for a two to three minute cycle.

Adult supervision recommended. No lifeguards are on duty.

Hermann Park 6001 Fannin
The Playground for All Children

Burnett Bayland Park
6200 Chimney Rock

Melrose Park 
12200 Melrose Park Road

Nieto Park
500 Port

Wiley Park
1414 Gillette

Settegast Park
3000 Garrow


  1. It is nice to make your kids involved in recreational activities like these. In Denver parks and recreation centers are full during summer. Kids love to play and explore new things. It is also a great way for them to have new friends. Outdoor concerts (Denver) are also a good activity for kids.


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